One Man Walking

2008-08-10 Yosemite

August 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I’ve been here many times before, and I hope I’ll return many times later because Yosemite has a very special place in my heart. We were first introduced through my father’s photos of a misty barren mountain top and a grinning father of seven in shorts and a T-shirt. Clothes more suited to this cloudless weekend in August I think.

Half Dome summit route 
Tanya overlooking Tenaya Creek 

Driving the truck that Lucky Joe (last seen hitching a ride out of Manning Park after completing the PCT last year) leant us, Tania, Caitlin (ex-PCTer too) and I headed east to Yosemite Valley. We even managed to score a campsite in the valley itself which I’ve never done before. The three of us walked up the route I’ve done with Dad a few times. We got to the saddle before the steep steps to Half Dome’s cables before turning back and taking a dip in the Merced River in Little Yosemite Valley. On the way down I stopped to talk to a guy wearing an interesting shirt. On the back it read “twice the age, half the time”, he was the father of a duo just completing the John Muir Trail which at 230ish miles is the only long distance trail I think I’ll ever walk again.
JMT hiking duo 
Vernal Falls 

The wildlife was pretty active, Tania has fallen in love with squirrels, but there were no bears to be seen. Plenty of people though, and this morning at Glacier Point we could have been back at Fuji except the Japanese tourists here were noisy, yelling something like “heeeeey yaaa!” in to the 3000ft valley below.
Pines Campground 
Half Dome from Glacier Point 

Tonight has been a good dose of American culture hanging out with Caitlin’s family and watching the Olympics. We ate homemade hamburgers and homemade apple cobbler (a.k.a. apple crumble) and cheered through diving, swimming and gymnastics.
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  • 1 Peter // Aug 13, 2008 at 11:30 am

    I got squirrels coming out of the wazzoo! (not mine). I have so much footage from them coming right up to me in Hyde Park that I even declined when Tobi suggested I photograph one the other day.

  • 2 Denis // Aug 15, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Shorts and a T-shirt on top of Half Dome on 18 May 1996.
    Yosemite Valley was closed to visitors due to the storm and flood conditions. It was a lot colder than it looks, I saw one other person between the carpark and the top of the mountain. He was hiking out from the back country during a break in the rain.

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